presents film premiere
July 25, 2010
Padatik, (Kolkata) is bringing the much awaited feature film to be shown in Delhi 'Eashwar Mime Co.' (a joint effort of the NFDC Ltd. and Xanthus Productions Pvt. Ltd.), the first experimental venture into feature film by the nationally recognized thespian Shyamanand Jalan (who passed away on 24th May, 2010).
'Eashwar Mime Co.' based on the award-winning short story 'Mukhabhinaya' by Dibyendu Palit, is about a group of mime actors who silently suffer till they rise in revolt and kill their troupe leader. "The mime artistes represent the quiet dignity of our poor – how they suffer poverty in silence," said Jalan.
It is interesting that the director Shyamanand Jalan got together with playwright Vijay Tendulkar, artist Rameshwar Broota, musician Suman Chattopadhyay, dance guru Govindan Kutty and leading actors of Mumbai, Ashish Vidyarthy and Pawan Malhotra.
This challenging production was based
on month-long workshop as Jalan said, "They are not actual mime players
and have to be taught each and every movement as they are completely stylized.
It can be mentioned that perhaps for the first time, a film director conducted
a workshop before the actual shoot to get a preview of the make-up, action
About 'Eashwar Mime Co.'
Based on a story by the Bengali novelist, Dibyendu Palit, the film is about exploitation.
He (Chitrarth enacted by Pawan Malhotra) is the representative of the middle-class intelligentsia who feels deeply, write extensively but do nothing…
The film tries to project a visual design. It's about images and their movements. And their movements are stylized, borrowing heavily from indigenous dance traditions. Their faces are painted of red, yellow and aquamarine, instead of the traditional white.
National award winning actor Ashish Vidyarthi (Eashwar, the master of the mime players who treats them like dirt and sleeps with the women) says, "Almost everybody here has a theatre background, which finds reflection in the way theatre is approached in this film. It is not a normal film."
Pawan Malhotra found the experience
extremely rewarding. In Mumbai, he is generally used to getting a script
on the day of shooting. "When you sit and discuss, it helps to clear doubts.
Getting to know your team mates in advance betters your performance," says
Pawan Malhotra. "The most difficult thing about the film is that it combines
a variety of performing arts - dance, mime and some nuances of theatre.
The cast even had to take face-painting lessons from artist designer Rameshwar